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Construction of new building community centre for Flat Bay area hits a snag


The replacement of the former Flat Bay/St. Teresa’s Community Centre with the new People’s Complex is underway, but the project has already hit a snag.

The new multi-use facility will replace the centre that was destroyed by fire in the fall of 2015. It will serve the communities of Flat Bay West, Flat Bay East and St. Teresa’s.

No’kmaq Village (Flat Bay Band Inc.) Chief Liz LaSaga said in order to get approvals to complete the project, coordinators have to meet engineer and architectural requirements and have to put in a new septic system.

All of that is going to cost in the area of $50,000.

LaSaga said with the footings now poured they want to still proceed with the project, so coordinator Laurie Flynn is sending out letters requesting pricing discounts on materials.

“Unless other financing becomes available, we will also be looking to fund raise from the general public in the Bay St. George area,” she said.

A Job Creation Partnership with the Department of Advanced Education and Skills has provided $42,283 towards the construction of the facility, while $158,000 has been received from insurance.

Seven people have been hired for construction positions, including a project coordinator, foreman, carpenter, electrician, plumber apprentices and two skilled helpers.

As a result of this project, seven unemployed individuals will become employable in their trade focus, LaSaga said. These individuals will work with contractors in various sectors and develop references for potential work opportunities.

The chief doesn’t believe the septic system issues will affect the deadline for construction of the People’s Complex, which is hoped to be ready for operations by April 1, 2017.

LaSaga said if anyone has questions about the project, they can contact Flynn at 647-1370.

The new multi-use facility will replace the centre that was destroyed by fire in the fall of 2015. It will serve the communities of Flat Bay West, Flat Bay East and St. Teresa’s.

No’kmaq Village (Flat Bay Band Inc.) Chief Liz LaSaga said in order to get approvals to complete the project, coordinators have to meet engineer and architectural requirements and have to put in a new septic system.

All of that is going to cost in the area of $50,000.

LaSaga said with the footings now poured they want to still proceed with the project, so coordinator Laurie Flynn is sending out letters requesting pricing discounts on materials.

“Unless other financing becomes available, we will also be looking to fund raise from the general public in the Bay St. George area,” she said.

A Job Creation Partnership with the Department of Advanced Education and Skills has provided $42,283 towards the construction of the facility, while $158,000 has been received from insurance.

Seven people have been hired for construction positions, including a project coordinator, foreman, carpenter, electrician, plumber apprentices and two skilled helpers.

As a result of this project, seven unemployed individuals will become employable in their trade focus, LaSaga said. These individuals will work with contractors in various sectors and develop references for potential work opportunities.

The chief doesn’t believe the septic system issues will affect the deadline for construction of the People’s Complex, which is hoped to be ready for operations by April 1, 2017.

LaSaga said if anyone has questions about the project, they can contact Flynn at 647-1370.

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